Explorax RC30 Smart from Epiroc - pioneering reverse circulation drilling
Explorac RC30 Smart improves productivity and safety in exploration drilling operations. Highly
automated, reliable and ready for the future.
“We have made improvements in both functionality, automation and safety – continuing our focus on being an
industry leader in the development of sustainable Reverse Circulation drilling products”, says Cole Carpenter,
Global Product Manager at Epiroc Surface division.
The new Explorac RC30 Smart is an automation-focused machine, with increased capabilities when it comes
to both productivity and safety. With the latest RCS architecture, advanced hands-free functionality and
increased pullback capacity, the Explorac RC30 Smart ensures unparalleled operator safety through the
entire drilling process whilst maximizing productivity.
The Explorac RC30 Smart provides 30 tons of pullback capacity to deliver the meters of drill depth necessary
to satisfy the contractual demands of drillers today. The automated rod handling system offers the capability
for a single operator to seamlessly add and remove rods from the drill string from the surface all the way to
target depth. Numerous smart features, including feed beam centralizers with variable grip force and an
advanced breakout system with automatic application of thread grease, help maximize the life of drilling
consumables and dramatically increase operator safety.
“We have listened to the market and pushed to reach the high level of automation which drilling companies
require. Today, both big and small operations must meet a high safety level – and automation simply removes
personnel from dangerous environments”, Cole Carpenter clarifies.
The Explorac RC30 Smart architecture not only improves operator performance and safety, but it has been
designed for long-term scaling of rig features and functionality. As a result, the machine configuration can be
tailored for the application while maximizing customer’s return of investment throughout the life of the
“Ultimately, we have made the investment at Epiroc to ensure that Explorac RC30 Smart provides maximum
efficiency for drillers in the field today, and we will continue that focus in providing long term solutions for
generations to come”, says Cole Carpenter.
Explorac RC30 Smart will be available for orders in Australia later this year.